In Memory - 1940s

Pat MacAdam

You can take the boy out of Cape Breton but you can’t take Cape Breton out of the boy.

The life of 86-year old former Inverness-Richmond, Cape Breton, Member of Parliament, Robert S. (Bob) MacLellan, was celebrated by a packed congregation of family and friends at Annunciation of The Lord Catholic church in east end Ottawa last Wednesday (January 19).

Bob was remembered as the Member of Parliament who was responsible for the initiative of a reconstructed French fortress at Louisburg – today a major tourist attraction.

The Requiem Mass was very much a Cape Breton ceilidh.

The service opened with the singing of one of his favourites – the Shaker hymn, LORD OF THE DANCE.

Halfway through Mass, Bob’s 11 grandchildren sang OUT ON THE MIRA, Cape Bretoner Allister MacGillivray’s haunting tribute to the Mira River.

Interspersed throughout Mass were snippets of Bob’s favourite passages:

“To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to weep and a time to laugh. A time to mourn and a time to dance”. (Ecclesiastes)

“In my father’s house there are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you”.

(John – Acts)

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred let me sow love, where there is injur

y pardon, where there is doubt faith, where there is despair hope, where there is darkness light and where there is sadness joy”.

(St. Francis of Assisi)

The MacLellans, Bob and Margaret, raised seven children and two sons and a daughter delivered fond eulogies of a life well lived. Bob is fondly remembered as a repository of Cape Breton lore and as a gifted raconteur.

He was a graduate of St. F.X. (1946) and Dalhousie universities. He was a lawyer at age 21. Twelve years later he ran federally for the Conservatives against the formidable Alan J. MacEachen.

For years, Nova Scotia was a lost cause for Conservatives. Only George Nowlan, “The Lone Ranger”, managed election to the House of Commons in the Annapolis Valley in one of the province’s 12 seats

In 1957, Bob lost by 858 votes but managed to slash Alan J’s comfortable cushion by more than 8,000 votes. In 1958, Bob was a giant killer. He handed Alan J. his only ever defeat. His winning majority was 16 votes.

In the 1962 election, a ricochet hit Bob when the Diefenbaker Government was reduced from 208 seats to 106. Alan J. won Inverness-Richmond back with a majority of 998 votes. Bob and Donald MacInnis in Cape Breton South were the only two Tories to suffer defeat in Nova Scotia.

The Prime Minister appointed Bob Chairman of the Restrictive Trade Practices Commission. When his term expired he entered private law practice in Ottawa.

The MacLellans remained in Ottawa and divided their time between the Billings Bridge area and a summer home at 31-Mile Lake across the Ottawa River in Quebec.

The Recessional music as the service ended was Cape Bretoner Leon Dubinsky’s anthem and Rankin Family signature song: WE’LL RISE AGAIN.


Sister Gertrude A. McCarthy

The death of Sister Gertrude A. McCarthy (Sr. Maria) occurred at Ruth Ross Residence on Friday, April 9, 2010. Sister was born in Saint John, a daughter of the late Peter L. and Margaret (McAleer) McCarthy. Sr. Gertrude entered the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception on February 2, 1934. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics and worked as a Dietician at St. Joseph's Hospital, Saint John, from 1940 to 1955. She moved to Prince Albert, Sask. and worked as a dietician at Holy Family Hospitaluntil1961whenshereturnedtoSt. Joseph's Hospital, Saint John, where she worked as Dietician and Director of Food Service until 1985. Sister held the position of Food Purchaser at St. Joseph's from 1985-1988. Sh then served as Administrator and Co-ordinator of St. Vincent's Convent until 1991. She also volunteered at the Information Desk at St. Joseph's for several years. She was predeceased by a bother, John McCarthy; and three sisters, Sister Veronica McCarthy, S.C.I.C., Mrs. Eileen Bonner, and Miss Catherine McCarthy. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Maria Daigle of Saint John; and several nieces and nephews.

Marjorie (MacLellan) Chiasson

Passed away in: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed away on: 05/06/2010

Marjorie Elizabeth (MacLellan) Chiasson, 82, passed away at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, on June 5, 2010. 
Marjorie was a long term resident of Halifax and taught in the educational system, both in Sydney and Halifax for over 20 years. 
She was the daughter of the late Robert and Sadie MacLellan of Sydney, N.S. 
She was also predeceased by her sisters, Catherine, Marguerite, Moira and beloved husband, Bill Chiasson in 1991.
Marjorie's sole living sibling is Robert S. MacLellan and his wife, Margaret of Ottawa, Ont. Marjorie leaves behind nieces, Marjorie and Maureen and nephews, Michael and John, of Alberta and her nieces, Cathy and Nancy and nephews, Robert, Gordon, Hughie, Ian and Peter of Ontario and British Columbia.
Visitation will be held at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Sunday, June 13 from 2-4 p.m. and a funeral mass at Canadian Martyr's Church at 10 a.m. Monday, June 14, 2010. Interment will be held at Resurrection Cemetery in Sydney Forks, N.S. at a later date. 
The family wishes to thank Marjorie's earth angels, Ruby, Mary and Dave, Evelyn (deceased), Kieran and Celeste from Inglis Street, Katheryn, Mary, and Martina and the staff at Melville Gardens Nursing Home, as well as the caring staff of floor 7.2 at the QEII.
Marjorie's wonderful sense of humour will be missed by her family and friends.

Teresa Gertrude McKenna

1 April 1925 – 2 October 2011

Our wonderful, amazing, and truly loved Mother died on October 2, 2011having lived a full and complete life.

 Mom led a full and happy life, rich in family and friends. She was predeceased by her loving husband, our Dad, John "Gish" McKenna (1997) and her devoted son John "Byrd" McKenna (1970).  Teresa is survived by brother Francis (Frank) Nearing, Eugene Oregon and two sisters, Rose (Paul) Brown, Ottawa and Sr. Florence Patrice Nearing, Halifax.

 We, her children, are saddened by her death and rejoice in her rebirth. We will miss her daily calls and her presence in our lives. Peter (Maria) in Calgary, Paul (Kathy) in Calgary, Patrice in London, UK, Mary Lynn in Kentville, Janice (Julie) in Yellowknife, Patrick (Jeannie Cameron) in Comox.

 Her grandchildren share the loss of a kind and dedicated Nanny:  Ryan, Kristen, Jacqueline, Luke, Greg, Mary Beth and Deirdra Cameron - McKenna, Jody and Eric Archibald, and Tiffany Thrasher and great-grandchildren Bowen Archibald and Kaylee Anne McKenna.

 Mom was born in Dominion, Cape Breton, daughter of the late Flora MacDonald and P.J. Nearing (Miner, Mayor and provider to the staffing of the Catholic Church). She moved to Antigonish to attend St. Francis Xavier University and remained there after graduation having kindled a romance with a local boy John McKenna. She graduated from St. Francis Xavier with her degree in Home Economics and was exceptionally proud of her "X" ring. She never forgot the friends she met there. She spent her adult years rearing seven children to adulthood and helping to keep McKenna’s Drug Store alive and well by working side by side with our father in the dispensary of the pharmacy.

She continued well into retirement supporting her family until stricken by a debilitating stroke. But she did not allow this to hold her enthusiasm for living down and continued to keep her happy side up even when the debilitating pain would have disparaged a much stronger person.

Mom was an enormously kind, generous and gentle Lady, with a terrific sense of humour, who loved the world and her place in it. She will be dearly missed by all her family and all those who knew her.  And all who knew her came to feel they were a part of her family.

Our heartfelt and sincere thanks are extended to the staff at RK MacDonald Nursing Home for their compassion and much appreciated support. Visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9 pm Tuesday in MacIsaac Funeral Home, 61 Pleasant St, Antigonish. Funeral Mass 1:00pm Wednesday in St Ninian’s Cathedral, Revs. Andrew Boyd and Neil McKenna presiding. Reception following in St. Ninian’s Place.

Flowers or a donation to the charity of your choice gratefully accepted.

Harold Mann

MANN, HAROLD JOSEPH - 1927 - 2011 - Harold J. Mann, 84, of Moncton, passed away Thursday July 14, 2011 at his summer home in French River, P.E.I., following a golf game with friends and neighbours and a surprise visit from one of his grandsons. Harold was born in Newcastle, N.B., the youngest son of the late Joseph and Bridget (Loggie) Mann. Harold served in the North Shore Regiment during the Second World War. He graduated in pre-law from St. Francis Xavier University and attended Dalhousie Law School. After a lengthy career in financial management, he started his own business with Holiday Car Rental followed by Thrifty and Hertz. He grew his business to include Hertz locations in Moncton, Fredericton, Saint John, Woodstock and Sackville. He enjoyed a very active retirement with winters in Florida and marvelous summers in P.E.I. Harold, with Anne, was always a great host to all his family and friends, both local and “from away,” especially at the annual “Mann Open,” and other gatherings throughout the year. Harold had many interests including golf, curling at the Beausejour Curling Club and a regular attendee of the Miramichi Irish Festival. He was a lifetime member of the Kinsmen and founding member and past-president of the Newcastle club. He leaves behind to celebrate his life, his wife of 58 years Anne (Denning); his two sisters, Kathleen Mann and Rita Bohan; children, Joseph (Linda), Karen (John), Robert (Terri), Anne-Marie (Ralph), Michael (Ronda) and Paul (Nicole); grandchildren, Sean, Ryan, Robin, Alexander, Christopher, Nicholas, Patrick, Michael, Bridget, Daniel, Emily, Marissa, Thomas, Patrick, Liam, Reese and Nate; his step-grandchildren, Lesley (Rod), Christine (Jason); mother of Robert’s children, Joan and his nephews and nieces. In addition to his parents, Harold was predeceased by his sister, Eunice; brothers, Michael, Robert, Aloysius and Kevin; niece, Jeanine Glaser.
The family will be receiving visitors at Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995) on Sunday, July 17, 2011 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church, (corner of Botsford and Queen) on Monday July 18, 2011 at 2:00pm, Archbishop Daniel Bohan and Rev. Allison Carroll officiating. Reception in the Church Hall following the Mass. In memory of Harold, contributions are welcome to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences at

Dr. Arthur K. Carton

HOULTON, BLUE HILL and BRUNSWICK - Dr. Arthur Kevin Carton, 87, beloved physician, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend, passed peacefully from this life Aug. 3, 2010, at his home in Brunswick. Dr. Carton was born Nov. 11, 1922, in Fairville, New Brunswick, son of Arthur William and Catherine (Murphy) Carton. As a young man, he was an avid swimmer and spent his summers in Fairville, New Brunswick, as a lifeguard patrolling beaches along the river. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1943, where he was a member of the varsity football and hockey teams, in addition to being a student instructor in the physics lab. He went to medical school at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He interned at Victoria General, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and completed his residency in surgery at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Chicago. From there, Dr. Carton did a year of teaching and research at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D., where he received a master's degree in surgical anatomy. In his last year of medical school, he met the love of his life, Edith P.F. Shaw of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. They were married July 27, 1948, at Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Throughout the next 50 years, Dr. and Mrs. Carton raised and nurtured 10 children, 28 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and untold numbers of their children's friends. Dr. Carton was a general surgeon with a specialty in abdominal surgery. He was also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons in Canada. He began his medical practice in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, in the early 1950s and moved to Houlton in 1956. In 1981, after 26 years of dedicated service to the families of the Houlton area, Dr. Carton closed his office at 7 Park St., and relocated to the coast of Maine to become staff surgeon at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. Before fully retiring to the Blue Hill area, he did a short stint in rehabilitation medicine in his hometown of St. John, New Brunswick. During his retirement, Dr. Carton enjoyed a daily game of golf with good friends - his crowning achievement - two holes in one. His passions were medicine and his family, but he also enjoyed writing poetry, oil painting and music, especially a rousing family sing-a-long. Dr. Carton was a devoted grandfather and spent many hours traveling and supporting his grandchildren in all their academic and sporting events. Most recently, he attended a grandson's baseball game via his wheelchair. In 1998, Dr. Carton and his wife made their final move to Brunswick. In 1999, his beloved Edith passed away. Dr. Carton joined the family of his youngest daughter, Patty, in 2006. In 2001, Dr. Carton was honored by his alma mater, St. Francis Xavier University, by being initiated in the Hall of Honor. This award is reserved for members of the St. Francis Xavier community who have exemplified the college tradition of devoting their lives to helping others. The past few years, though he was hindered with limited mobility, Dr. Carton kept his family and caregivers entertained with his endless stories, humor and wit. During this time, he was blessed with kind, devoted caregivers who eased him through his end of life transitions. As Grampa Carton, he always had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Throughout his life, Dr. Carton was a devout Catholic, who faithfully attended daily Mass. He was a member of St. Charles Borremeo, Brunswick, and former member of St. Joseph's, Ellsworth, and St. Mary of the Visitation, Houlton. Dr. Carton is survived by his children, Dr. Thomas Carton and his wife, Jennie, of Rose Bay, Nova Scotia, Mary Louise Carton Seward and her husband, David, of Gouldsboro, Dr. B. Catherine Carton of North Hampton, Mass., Michael Carton of New Limerick, Anne Carton of Brunswick, Martha Carton and her husband, Mark Leavitt, of Freeport, Joe Carton and his wife, Bonnie, of Burlington, Vt., Sean Carton of Toronto and Patty Carton and her husband, John Newlin, of Brunswick; 28 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Edith, in 1999; and his son, Art, in 1991. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Dunn Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary of the Visitation Church with the Rev. David Raymond, celebrant. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery. Gifts may be made in Dr. Carton's memory to Catholic Charities of Maine or Houlton Health Services Foundation, care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730.

Ronald Farquhar “Ruff” Johnson

Colonel RCAF/CF Veteran of WWII On Monday, June 6, 2011 at the Queensway Carleton Hospital at the age 85. Beloved husband of Maureen Rowan and the late Patricia nee Lewis (1972). Loving father of Rod (Brenda), LCol. Chris (Olenka), Penny (Bill), Sgt. (OPP) Geoff (Kathy), Cathy, and Susan (Neil). Proud grandfather of Riley, Luke, Liam, Evan, Erin, Alex, Mitch, Allison, Ainsley, Abigail and numerous great-grandchildren. Step-father of Sean, Catherine Farmer (Grant), Mary Ann and the late Daniel (Pierangela). Survived by Stan, Liam, Sarah, Heather, Graham, Shaleen, Daniel, Bridget, Elena, Michael. Survived by his sister Margaret, and predeceased by his brother Francis and his sister Claire. Ruff was born February 5th, 1926 in Springhill, Nova Scotia and joined the Fleet Air Arm at the tail end of WWII, transferring to the RCAF after the war. Flew the Lancaster and Argus in Maritime Patrol and the T33 jet for fun. Former Commanding Officer of 415 Squadron and long-time Director of Maritime Aviation. An enthusiastic golfer and bridge player. A great dad and step-dad as well as a wonderful grandfather to all. He will be missed by all. Friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, 580 Eagleson Rd., Kanata Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Friday, June 10, 2011 to Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1489 Shea Road, Stittsville, ON K2S 0G8, for Mass of Christian Funeral at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Charity of Choice would be appreciated.

Marielle Audrey Zink

Marielle A. Zink, 90, passed away at ProTem Health Services, Moncton on Thursday, May 5, 2011. Born in Moncton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Graziella (St. Laurent) Zink. Marielle was an active member of the Moncton Golf and Country Club, past president of the Moncton Art Society, past president of the Canadian Club and Chair of the Moncton Museum. Marielle will be sadly missed by her many friends and her sister Pauline Vessa Zink of Salerno, Italy and brother Joseph of Mississauga, Ontario; as well as nieces, Christine and Darryle Anne and nephews Joseph Robert and Paul. 
Funeral Mass will be held at St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church, Botsford St. on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 10:30 am, Rev. Mike Toner officiating. In lieu of visitation, a reception will be held following the mass at Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home Reception Centre at 11:45 am. Interment will be at Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marielle’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995) in care of arrangements. Online condolences at

Jacqueline Breau

Born In: Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Passed Away In: Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Passed Away On: 04/10/2010

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Jacqueline "Jackie" Patricia Breau of Fredericton, NB, on Monday, October 4th, 2010 after a brief illness. Born in Moncton, NB, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Beatrice (Sullivan) Poirier and the wife of the late Gerard Breau. Jackie was a graduate of Saint Francis Xavier University and of Saint Mary's Hospital School of Nursing in Montreal. She was also a member of St. Dunstan's Catholic Church and the CWL for many years. The family would like to thank Donna Gordon, Dr. Claire Roussel and the staff of Windsor Court for the loving care you have provided. A special thank you to Jackie's many close friends who will never be forgotten. Survived by two daughters; Melanie (Gordon) Bowie of Fredericton, and Karen (John) Williamson of Nasonworth; grandsons, Christopher and Robert Bowie; close sister-in-law, Grace Theriault of Montreal; one cousin and many nieces and nephews.
There will be no visitation by family request. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Dunstan's Catholic Church on Friday, October 8th, 2010 at 12:00 noon with Rev. Gerald White as Celebrant. Interment will be in the Hermitage Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial tributes may be made to the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital or the charity of the donor's choice. On-line condolences may be made at www.mcadamsfh.

John Peter Chisholm

John died peacefully from natural causes in Reno, NV on June 24, 2011. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, on Dec. 1, 1923, he spent his childhood in Nova Scotia, Canada, and attended St. Francis Xavier University. He later transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, where he earned a master's degree in electrical engineering. He was a brilliant student and accomplished athlete, and as a boxer he earned the moniker Red Chisholm, which reflected both his actual hair as well as his tenacious, gritty spirit.

Upon leaving MIT he began his aviation electronics career with Bell Aircraft, and quickly earned a name for himself by developing an electronic landing system for air craft carriers, whose basic concept and design is still in use today. After leaving Bell he co-founded Sierra Research Corporation in Buffalo, NY, named so because John, an avid skier, was already researching a move west.

John married Doris Backlund in 1956, and the following year they bought their home in Squaw Valley, where they raised five children and began a love affair with the natural beauty of the Sierra. Together John and Doris founded Sierra Nevada Corporation in Reno, and for twenty years they commuted there from Squaw Valley. The family traveled extensively, living for periods in Hawaii, Boston, the Philippines, and Africa. John also worked in Alaska, Antarctica, Russia, Europe, and Israel. He and Doris were married for twenty-nine years, until she died of cancer in 1986.

Considered a true engineering genius by many in the aviation navigation industry, John was elected to the Nevada Inventors Hall of Fame in 1991. But beyond his plethora of career accomplishments, he was a loving dad, an engaging storyteller, a friend to the downtrodden, and a defender of the wild places he loved. He participated in the establishment of the Granite Chief Wilderness Area, and he was instrumental in preserving Shirley Canyon from development. He served on the Squaw Valley Mutual Water Company for many years.

John is survived by his five children, five grandchildren, his sister Nancy, and many dear friends from Squaw Valley and around the country.

A Celebration of John's life will be held at the Squaw Valley Chapel on July 30, 2011 from 11-2, followed by an optional hike up Shirley Canyon. Dress is casual. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in John's name to the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation. Please visit to view photos and share memories.

Edmond James Knight

KNIGHT, Edmond James - Passed away at Hastings Manor Belleville on Wednesday August 31st, 2011 in his 86th year. Son of the late Albert and Johanna Knight. Beloved husband of Joan Marjorie Knight (nee-MacGillivray). Dear father of Sheila Browarski of Belleville, Greg Knight of Ottawa, Doug Knight of Calgary AB, Melanie Knight of Vancouver, Graeme Knight of Syria, Kerry Knight of Toronto, Mardi Knight of Belleville. Loving grandpa of 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Remembered by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his infant daughter Catherine Ann and by his sisters Irene Knight and Cecilia Morozoff. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church, 169 North Park Street, Belleville on Tuesday September 6th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held at the church 1 hour prior from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. Cremation has taken place. Funeral arrangements in the care of STEELE FUNERAL HOME, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira Street West (613-968-2273). Inurnment Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa will take place on Wednesday, September 7th at 1:30. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Holy Rosary Building Fund or to the Hastings Manor Foundation would be appreciated. “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live.“ John 11:25

Dr Jacques Ayotte

AYOTTE, Jacques July 21, 1930 - August 14, 2011 Jacques passed away in his home after a brave fight with cancer. Left with his memory are his wife of 57 years, Carmen (nee Blondeau), his daughters Chantal (Thomas Pitre) and Veronique (John Gibbons) and his sister Madeleine (Jean-Paul Hurtubise). He was the proud grandfather of Seth, Noah, Xavier, Caleb and Isaiah. Predeceased are his sisters Marie-Therese and Jeannine and his brothers Georges and Raymond. Special thanks to Dr. Gick, Dr. Cross, nurses and staff of Carefor. Friends and family may pay their respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, 3000 Woodroffe Avenue in Barrhaven on Wednesday August 17 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service at St. Remi Church, 2821 Dumaurier Ave. in Ottawa on Thursday, August 18 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers a donation to Carefor or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Condolences may be made at


Copyright © 2009 St. Francis Xavier University.
Canada's Premier Undergraduate Experience - University as it is meant to be
All rights reserved.